Damien Bynoe, now 44, whose five-year DYS term for murdering another teen and an 11-year-old in 1991 forced a change in how teens can be charged for murder in Massachusetts, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on new drug and gun charges even as he remains on probation for a 2009 cocaine-distribution conviction, the US Attorney's office reports.
Bynoe has been in custody since his arrest on Jan. 19 for the heroin and cocaine found both on him and in his Roxbury apartment and for the loaded gun and additional ammunition found in his apartment, the US Attorney's office says.
In 1991, as a 15-year-old, Bynoe, a member of the Orchard Park Trailblazers gang, shot and killed Korey Grant, 15, and Charles Copney, 11, on Highland Avenue in Roxbury.
Based on the juvenile criminal laws of the time, a judge sentenced him to five years in a juvenile facility. Outrage over the sentence led the legislature to amend the law to allow teenagers to be tried as adults in murder cases.
According to the US Attorney's office:
In 2009, Bynoe was convicted in federal court in Boston of distribution of cocaine base within 1000 feet of a school. For that offense, Bynoe was sentenced to six years in prison and placed on supervised release for six years. Bynoe was still on supervised release from this earlier federal conviction when he was arrested with the gun and drugs charged in today’s indictment. Bynoe’s criminal record also includes a 2007 conviction for assault with a firearm; a 2001 conviction for distribution of cocaine in a school zone, for which he served five years in prison.